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Re: Saving installed XP before switching to OS X? - 03-05-2009, 01:50 PM
This might help: http://mydellmini.com/forum/backing-...st=0&sk=t&sd=a
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: Saving installed XP before switching to OS X? - 03-09-2009, 10:44 PM
Ah Yes! I was being a little "funny" as far as security on XP, and I am behind a simple router firewall.
However, my last longtime PC usage was with W95 which crashed or needed a reboot every day, and thus ran the virus scan every day. When I switched to NT4 for my last year at that job, I only rebooted when I needed to, and often it was only when the mouse driver went crazy which usually took 2-4 weeks. Other than helping friends with PCs, I have not really used XP personally in any form other than to install it and see if it boots.
What all that means is that I know the Unix/Linux and Mac systems much much better and know where to find and download from safe sites for what I need. I'm not so sure I can trust similar but unused (by me) sites for the PC, due to the vulnerabilities that the Windows platform has, and my LACK of experience in protecting a Windows machine. So, my preference is in using stock tools that come with the box, if they can do a good job, and obtaining the best open source products that can do a better job.
Assuming I may actually drop into Windows mode for some things, although I suspect it will be mostly for testing web sites and CSS formatting for IE more than any other reason, I wanted to save as pristine a copy of the SSD as possible, although a copy that contains all the backup and restore utilities is safe enough and better in the long run.
An no flame wars here. I admit I do not know the ins and outs of XP and later Windows systems. Once Apple moved on from OS 9 to OS X built on Darwin, I've had no need to venture forth into Micro$oft land as all the tools and applications I wanted to use were available, except for IE, which M$ dropped Mac support on at the end of 2006. And from my experiences, I have had fewer problems, and fewer headaches with both hardware and software. Your mileage and preferences may be different, and that's fine.
Assuming the switch to OS X on the Dell Mini 9 works as flawless as reported, I will be quite happy.
I will also be happy to relate any experiences I have with my Mini 9 on the forum.
It is supposed to arrive on Wednesday!!! I just picked up 3 4GB USB flash drives at Costco for $35, so I'm all set.
Ti PB G4 1G 1GB 10.4.11 15" iMac G4 800 768MB OSX 10.5.8 PM8600 OS 9.2 asst Mac/Sun/Linux
Currently developing iPhone apps on a Dell Mini 9, and looking for a new job in the SF Bay Area
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